Pohela baishakh in Dhaka

Pahela baishakh in Dhaka



Pohela baishakh (also Pohela Boishakh) is a cultural festival that is celebrated throughout the country at the very first day of Bangla calendar. The month's name is Baishakh, and Pohela means first. In English calendar the day is always 14th of April in Bangladesh. This is a public holiday in Bangladesh. This day is celebrated amongst all the people regardless the religion. Previously in village area people used to arrange village fair based on this day. Now that kind of village fairs are not that much seen.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
A group of people marching with Drum and vuvuzela.



But in Dhaka the celebration of Pohela Baishakh is very huge. Most of the people from Dhaka use to wear colorful dresses (although white and red is the unofficial color). They use to come in street and walk. Most of the people's ultimate destination is to go some places where lot of other people are gathered (i.e. Dhanmondi, Dhaka University, Shahabag, Romna Park, etc). You'd see small festival court where live stage show is going on, or a mini fair is arranged. People mainly go to those places to enjoy with others. If you be in Dhaka during this particular day It would give you an idea how Bangladeshi people like to celebrate.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
This crown like headband is must for the girls during Pohela Baishakh.



During the Pohela Baishakh I use to walk around the streets of Dhaka city and see the activities from other people. I love to get on top of a foot over bridge and observe people's activity from there. I like the way they have decorated themselves with new colorful dresses. Few people prefer to wear traditional dresses (i.e. as a farmer). Girls like to buy headband that is made using flowers. I love those crown like headbands on the head of girls or women. It simply adds the color with the festival.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
This is how crowd looks like from the top.



Lot of people are seen enjoying alone. Some are walking in a group. Sometime people from several groups join together. They blow vuvuzela (an African horn which is integrated with Bangladeshi festivals since football world cup 2010), traditional musical instruments (i.e. Dhool, Ek tara), drums, etc. The environment gets so noisy that makes sometime difficult to listen if anyone is talking. But I like the noise.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
A guy is wearing a hat of farmer (also dressed).



Most of the roads near festival area remains closed during Pohela Baishakh. That's why people get freedom to walk amid of the streets. From top it looks like a flood of human in the streets of Dhaka. As you get closer to the Dhaka University you'd find the density of crowd much more. I use to go near the University area at the end of the day. They arrange lot of live performances (traditional music, band music, etc). It is not possible to listen all of them at the same time. That's why I prefer to spend few minutes in each places.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Also the kids love to come during Pohela Baishakh.



In earlier days the village fair used to bring lot of traditional art crafts, arranged rides for people, and many more. In Dhaka city that is quite difficult to see. But you'd find few people bring those art crafts and sell to the visitors. The village fair that I used to see in my childhood is totally different the way we celebrate Pohela Baishakh in Dhaka. To me both of them are interesting and enjoyable.


Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Probably this family is taking a selfie.



As lot of people gather in one place during this festival day, that's why it is an hunting ground for pickpocketing. That's why you need to take good care of your pockets. Also a bad incident happened during 2015 where few girls were harassed by the mentally sick people. To avoid unwanted circumstances I'd suggest you to stay away from the too much crowded place. Better enjoy it from a bit far.


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Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
The mustache of this guy suggesting they are from India. It is nice to see people from our neighboring country also come to join us during Pohela Baishakh.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Traditional toy for the kids which current generation won't like.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
A guy is selling the toys which has emotional value to people from our generation (or before).



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Colorful balloons for shooting practice.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
You could buy a ball to play.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Looks like a huge living room?



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Actually these are toy furnitures.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
A guy is selling replica of traditional musical instrument named Dhool.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Vuvuzela, which got popular in Bangladesh after Football world cup 2010.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
This woman is selling another traditional music instrument named Dugdugi.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
He is selling colorful feathers of peacock.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Flags of Bangladesh are also sold during Pohela Baishakh.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
He is selling pet birds.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Even some people like to dress with halloween costume.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Someone returning home with a balloon.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
Closer look to the sun of the day.



Pahela baishakh in Dhaka
My mom likes to prepare traditional food during Pohela Baishakh.



This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/



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